A dog’s coat is reflective of their health. So, it is very important to make sure they have a healthy coat. Lustrous fur will have a bounce and shine too. But how can you keep your dog’s coat shiny and healthy? Let’s find out.
8 Ways To Keep Your Dog’s Coat Shiny and Healthy
There are many ways to make sure your dog has a shiny and healthy coat. Let’s have a look at them.
1. Lean Protein Diet
Hair is essentially made of a protein called keratin. Hence we must ensure that their diet has a lot of lean easy to digest meat. Chicken claws are really high in protein so if your dog can chew raw meat without harming themself, you can give them one raw chicken claw a day. Many commercial dog foods in India are packed with carbohydrates that your dog doesn’t need.
Provide them with formulas that use lean white meat, like fish and poultry as their primary ingredients. Fish meat contains omega 3 and 6 fatty acids which can give your dog a bouncy, shiny coat.
Eggs are also a great source of proteins. The egg yolk contains proteins that are usually used up by the fur. ½ to 1 egg a day is great for them.
2. Omega 3 and 6 Fatty Acids
A good dog food formula should have ample omega 3 and 6 fatty acids but if your current formula doesn’t have it, or if you feed your dog home-cooked food, you can add a premium quality fish oil supplement which is packed with omega 3 and 6 fatty acids.
Always go for a cold-pressed variety. Cold-pressed fish oil has much more nutritional value than the hot-pressed variety. Lastly, be careful with how much you give them because too much can cause an upset stomach. Spraying a little bit of fish oil on top of 1 meal a day may be enough to supplement their omega fatty acid requirements.
If you invest in the right kind of food you will rarely need a supplement. However, if for some reason you are giving them home-cooked meals, skin and coat supplements will give them all the nutrition they need for a healthy coat.
Supplements are usually meat flavoured hence, most dogs tend to love the flavour.
You should bathe your dog with a mild dog shampoo. But how often you bathe them makes a huge difference. Some pet parents bathe their dogs once a week which may in fact be very bad for their fur. It stripes the fur of all essential oils and it may be why your dog has rough skin in the first place.
You can bathe your dog once a month to once in 3 months depending on your dog’s breed and fur type. Make sure to use a mild shampoo and avoid hot and cold water temperatures. Room temperature waters should be perfect for them.
5 Oatmeal Bath
If your dog is quick to get skin allergies that cause dry itchy skin, an oatmeal bath may help soothe them. Oatmeal has vitamin 3, which is great for the skin. It also creates a protective layer around your dog’s fur and makes them calm and comfortable.
Sometimes their fur looks dull because they have too many dead hairs on the surface. These loose strands of fur aren’t fixed on their skin. A good brushing session gets rid of these dead hairs and gives their coat a lustrous shine.
Brushing also massages their skin and may even remove fleas and flea dust, which brings us to the next topic:
There are many external and internal parasites that may suck on their blood and reduce the blood supply that reaches the fur. This is why it is important to check them for fleas and ticks. Natural treatments work to an extent but if the infection is too much, you may need to consult your vet.
Deworm them once in every 3 months to ensure that they are free from intestinal parasite.
8. Talk to Your Veterinarian
Lastly, if your dog has other symptoms along with rough skin or excessive hair fall, it may be due to an underlying reason. If your dog is lethargic or more hungry/thirsty than usual, if they are suddenly gaining/losing weight, it is possible that hair fall is just a symptom for something else.
In moments like these, we would suggest that it’s best to have a word with your vet. Give them a detailed history of when the hair fall started followed by the other symptoms. They may ask to run a few tests and give you a treatment plan.
We hope this article was helpful. Does your dog have a healthy, shiny coat? Tell us all about it.